Global Leadership

Todd Johnson
Instructor: Todd Johnson
Code: CL510
Section: SEML
Mode: Digital
Location: Online
Schedule: Asynchronous
Dates: 05/17 - 08/20


The course is an overview of global leadership and will address the dynamics that led to the rise of this movement around the world. The lenses through which this course will be examined include the theology of leadership, history of leadership, the sociology of leadership, and the globalization of leadership. Students in the course will be challenged to undertake original research projects on the persons, organizations and issues that contributed to these movements worldwide. In addition, the course provides a survey of Christian spirituality from many different traditions and many countries around the world. In particular, the course focuses on spirituality emerging from the churches of the Global South (Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America).


This course serves the following institutional learning objectives:

  • To train and encourage students, in cooperation with the Church, to become skilled in ministry.[Article 3]
  • To work with the churches towards the maturing of students so that their experiential knowledge of God in Christ is evidenced in their character, outlook, conduct, relationships and involvement in society.[Article 4]
  • To provide leadership and educational resources for shaping an effective evangelical presence in Church and society.[Article 5]
  • To develop in students a vision for God’s redemptive work throughout the world and to formulate the strategies that will lead to effective missions, evangelism and discipleship.[Article 6]


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • List and explain the ten characteristics of global leadership.
  • Describe the main trends in global Christianity over the past 100 years.
  • Articulate the main distinctives of global spiritualityand intercultural discipleship.
  • Understand their personal culture of leadership and how that culture pervades their thinking about vision, community, and teamwork.
  • Articulate how global organizations can promote women in leadership.
  • Give a strong biblical, theological, and historical rationale for global citizenship.


Mode: Digital

This Digital course will be conducted online with a schedule aligned with GCTS’ academic calendar. Students should plan to interact weekly with the material, each other, and the instructor through online discussions, reading, and other assignments that promote active learning.


You don’t need to be enrolled in a degree program to take this course (for credit or personal enrichment). Learn More »